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Want to use your job to save the planet?


Degrees is your podcast community for green job mentors, insight into new and growing careers, advice to calm your climate anxiety, and actionable conversations to make a meaningful impact in the world.

Host Yesh Pavlik Slenk gets you up close with career changers, CEOs, innovators, sustainability experts — even former White House staffers — about their paths to solving the world's biggest environmental problems. Yesh also mentors hundreds of green job searchers through EDF's Climate Corps fellowship program, which places graduate students into companies, cities and nonprofits to help advance clean energy projects and climate goals.

Our guests share their inspiring journeys to environmental careers, so others (like you) can turn your climate awareness into action.

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Episodes

Yesh and her team have searched high and low to bring you a-maz-ing guests. By hearing their stories, you’ll find advice and inspiration to guide you on your own purpose-driven journey to find a green job.

  • Heather McTeer Toney

    How Heather McTeer Toney is redefining climate action for the next generation of leaders

    Heather McTeer Toney is leading a movement to ensure that everyone can be part of the green jobs of the future. Listen to this episode, and you'll see opportunities you never imagined.

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  • Helena Bottemiller Evich

    The future of climate-smart ag and the hot politics of your dinner plate

    Want to fix our food system – and take gigatons of emissions out of it? Yesh gets the lay of the land from award-winning food policy journalist Helena Bottemiller Evich.

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    How to solve the EV problem and a jobs problem at the same time

    Yesh chats with Kameale C. Terry about ChargerHelp! — a business focused on repairing broken charging stations — and how its success rests upon the ability to train a new EV workforce.

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    Tracking jaguars with a toddler: Introducing Going Wild with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

    Dr. Wynn-Grant travels to Panama to study endangered jaguars in the rainforest — with her toddler in tow — and shares her experience.

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  • Mia Diawara headshot

    How to get a job investing millions in planet-saving tech

    With the climate tech investing space growing fast, many are looking to get involved. Yesh chats with Mia Diawara about navigating to a career in climate tech investing, plus more.

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  • Frank Kanawha Lake

    The jobs of the future to fight wildfires

    Yesh talks with US Forest Service research ecologist Frank Kanawha Lake about how he's bringing Indigenous ways of knowing to managing fire into the 21st century.

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  • Wes Gobar of BlackOak Collective

    Building a Black community for green jobseekers

    The environmental workforce remains overwhelmingly white. But not if Wes Gobar of BlackOak Collective can help it. Yesh talks with him about his journey.

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  • Jenny McColloch

    The woman greening the golden arches

    Can you use your MBA to save the planet? Yesh teams up with Mike Toffel of Climate Rising to ask the chief sustainability officer at McDonald's, Jenny McColloch.

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    How a psychology major is on the frontlines of decarbonizing a global industry

    Yesh talks with Christie Gamble, Senior Sustainability Director at CarbonCure, a company that’s on a mission to decarbonize the concrete industry.

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  • Gilbert Blue Feather Rosas

    The fastest electric vehicle fleet makeover in the west

    Yesh talks with the ebullient Gilbert Blue Feather Rosas, who raised millions of dollars to bring electric buses to one of America’s biggest school districts.

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  • Ryan Panchadsaram

    10 ways to save the planet

    Yesh goes deep into the job opportunities of the future with Ryan Panchadsaram, co-author of the book Speed & Scale, an action plan to get global emissions to zero by 2050.

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Check out our bonus series: Land a Green Job 101

Trying to break into a sustainability job? Tune in to our new miniseries — six short episodes with pro tips to help you find a planet-saving career.

Meet Yesh

Yesh Pavlik Slenk, host of the Degrees podcast, manages EDF’s Climate Corps alumni network of more than 2,300 sustainability and energy management professionals worldwide.

By day, Yesh works to leverage the network as a tool for facilitating lifelong learning and professional connections that empower members to create impact across industries. She oversees national network events and professional development opportunities to facilitate collaboration, share innovative ideas and advance climate actions.

By night, Yesh is a dance-party loving wife, and mother of a goofy toddler. She is deeply pleased by a bag of gummies, a glass of wine and nature documentaries.

Yesh Pavlik Slenk

Credits

Degrees is produced by Podcast Allies, a story-driven podcast consulting, production, and training company serving nonprofit leaders. A woman-owned agency, Podcast Allies was founded by journalists in 2019. The team has decades of experience in public radio and working with top podcast networks, including NPR and Wondery.

Degrees artwork is by Bee Johnson, an award-winning illustrator who has created art for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and National Geographic and book covers for HarperCollins and Penguin Random House, among many others.

Degrees' theme music is by the amazing band Lake Street Dive. Check out their powerful video and song about climate change called Making Do, on the album Obviously. We interviewed the band on music, activism and bravery to learn more about their inspiring work, and got an Instagram glimpse of life on tour with an awesomely talented and conscientious band.

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Lake Street Dive